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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, June 22, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
    • 8
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    Let's Discuss It !
    Join our popular discussion group, as we examine the latest genealogical websites, software, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  The facilitator will be Joe Burns. 


    • Saturday, June 22, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
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    DNA Special Interest Group - DNA SIG

    DNA testing is a tool that can be used, along with the paper trail of genealogical research, to open the door to new relatives, resolution of brick walls and confirmation of years of genealogical research. The goal of this group is to have members share successes and questions to increase the understanding of genetic genealogy within the group. Staying up to date on new tools used to analyze DNA results will also be a goal of this group. You are encouraged to bring your computers to allow specific issues to be more easily addressed. The DNA SIG will be facilitated by Deborah Atchley.


    • Thursday, June 27, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
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    Turn Your Brick Wall into a Yellow Brick Road

    Join us as Kim Richardson will be presenting.

    A brick wall is not the end of the line for research. Let's explore ways to determine if more research can be done to solve your problem, and let's analyze the documents you have to make sure you've followed every lead to the fullest. This presentation will discuss the most common oversights in genealogy research and how to avoid being stuck behind a brick wall, giving you a yellow brick road to follow instead.

    • Saturday, June 29, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Offices7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
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    Indians of West Tennessee: Have you met an Ofo Indian lately?

    Join us in welcoming Brent Cox to the Tennessee Genealogical Society. Professor Cox has been an educator, author, and researcher for over 20 .years

    His presentation will cover the Indians of West Tennessee and their spirituality,  This would include the Ofo, Chikasha, and Taneksanya tribes. The migration route that lasted about 20,000 years; Why they left and more.  He will also answer questions about Native America DNA and ancestry,


    • Saturday, July 06, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
    • 10
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    Introduction to Genealogy Software

    Family Tree Maker and RootsMagic

    For people who are not sure of which genealogy software program to choose, the Tennessee Genealogical Society will be conducting an introduction to the 4 most popular programs.

    This session will be led by P.Z. Horton and will focus on the Family Tree Maker 2017 and Roots Magic 7 software.  These are beginner’s classes covering the basic functions and use of the products. 

    • Tuesday, July 09, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike
    • 8
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    How to Utilize DAR’s Genealogical Research System (GRS)

    Research Your Family Tree

    DAR membership not required!

    Join Jen-Marie Pera as she guide you through the use of the Daughters of the American Revolution's Genealogical Research System (GRS).  The GRS is an online genealogical portal. This is a collection of databases, which includes the Ancestor Database, Member Database, Descendants Database, DAR Library Catalog, DAR Genealogical Records Committee database and others. 

    • Thursday, July 11, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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    How Do I Know My Sources are "Good and My Research is Accurate?" - Kim Richardson

    Join Kim Richardson as she discusses, What makes a source a "good" source? How do you know it's reliable? How do you evaluate your research to know that it is solid? Are you using good research plans? Documenting your findings well? Or do you just feel lost? Overwhelmed? Don't know what to do next? Let's discuss finding information, using it as good evidence, and how to document as you go. This presentation was created from the standpoint of "I wish I knew that before I started researching!" and will have you on a good path in your genealogical journey.

    • Saturday, July 13, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Geremantown TN
    • 32
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    Membership Meeting of the

    Tennessee Genealogical Society

    Join us for the Summer Membership Meeting open to members and non-members (Refreshments will be served). We encourage everyone to attend this meeting in order to receive updates on the Society’s 2019 Goals, upcoming events and projects.

    Immediately following the meeting, author John Babb will discuss his new historical fiction, "Voices of the Dead", which is based of one of the most dramatic events events to strike Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. During four terror filled months in 1878, a yellow fever epidemic in the Lower Mississippi Valley struck 154 towns and cities (including Collierville), killed over 20,000 people, and wiped entire families and businesses from the face of the earth. A determined band of volunteer heroes and heroines fought the virus with every fiber of their being. Unfortunately, some had ulterior motives to take advantage of the situation, to include larceny, and even murder. John Babb will discuss his latest book and its deep connection to the area.

    Mr. Babb will have books available for purchase at the program. Books will cost $18. For every book sold a portion will be donated to the society.

    Refreshments will be served.

    • Thursday, July 18, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TGNS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germnatown TN
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    Genealogy Color Coded Files - Lisa Junkins

    Tired of realizing you have multiple copies of documents? Heard of color-coding but don’t know where to start? Join Lisa Junkins as she de-mystifies this organizational method for your genealogy files. Based on Mary E V. Hill’s method, we will talk about what supplies you need and how to sort your papers. Stop procrastinating and get the tools you need! 

    • Saturday, July 20, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
    • 30
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    Introduction to Genealogy Software

    Legacy Family Tree & Family Tree Builder

    For people who are not sure of which genealogy software program to choose, the Tennessee Genealogical Society will be conducting an introduction to the 4 most popular programs.

    This session will be led by John Ware and will focus on the Legacy Family Tree 9 and MyHeritage Family Tree Buider 8 software.  These are beginner’s classes covering the basic functions and use of the products. 

    • Saturday, July 27, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
    • 33
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    Let's Discuss It !
    Join our popular discussion group, as we examine the latest genealogical websites, software, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  The facilitator will be Joe Burns
    • Saturday, July 27, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
    • 31
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    FTM Special Interest Group - FTM SIG

    The focus of the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (FTM SIG) is to help members take advantage of the many features and options of the software program.  Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.  Since the older versions of the software no longer synchronize with ancestry.com, we only concentrate on the latest FTM2017 version.  We will try to help with technical concerns, such as upgrading the software and exporting files.  Computers are welcome, and that way we can look at your specific issues. The FTM SIG will be facilitated by PZ Horton.

    • Thursday, August 08, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
    • 24
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    Mind Mapping for Genealogy and Using Collateral Research to Solve Genealogy Problems

    Join us as Kim Richardson will be presenting.

    Mind Mapping - Are you stuck? Need new ideas about how to research a particular genealogy problem? Mind Mapping is a great tool to utilize in finding new avenues of research. This presentation will teach you how to think of all the possibilities and ideas for solving your particular problem. Plus, it's fun!

    Collateral Research - When you exhaust all known records for an ancestor, it is time to look elsewhere. It seems counterintuitive, but researching collateral ancestors is a great way to find the answers about your research questions. This presentation will tell you how to implement this research strategy to make you more successful.
    • Saturday, August 17, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germnatown, TN
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    Mid-South Duels: Walker- Marmaduke; Hamlin-Freeman; and Phelan-Brizzolera

    Join Donald Harrison, local historian and docent at Elmwood Cemetery, as he relates stories behind three duels involving six participants, five of them Memphians, in duels that occurred in the Memphis area and also Little Rock between 1863 and 1870. 

    The Marmaduke-Walker Duel was fought during the Civil War between Confederate brigadier generals John Sappington Marmaduke and Lucius Marshall (Marsh) Walker.  Edward Lumpkin Hamlin was killed in a dueling match against Edward Thomas Freeman just south of the Tennessee border in Mississippi Finally, one of the last known of such affrays -- and the only one described in minute detail in the local papers -- took place on 29 June 1870 between two young Memphis  lawyers -- Capt. James  Brizzolara, and Capt. George Richard Phelan,. The two attorneys were careful not to violate Tennessee law, taking their firearms across the river to Hopefield, Ark., just opposite Monroe Street in Memphis.  The talk touches on the history and tradition of American duels and also gives background information and causes of the three mentioned duels.


    • Saturday, August 24, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
    • 37
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    Let's Discuss It !
    Join our popular discussion group, as we examine the latest genealogical websites, software, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  The facilitator will be John Ware
    • Saturday, August 24, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
    • 36
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    DNA Special Interest Group - DNA SIG

    DNA testing is a tool that can be used, along with the paper trail of genealogical research, to open the door to new relatives, resolution of brick walls and confirmation of years of genealogical research. The goal of this group is to have members share successes and questions to increase the understanding of genetic genealogy within the group. Staying up to date on new tools used to analyze DNA results will also be a goal of this group. You are encouraged to bring your computers to allow specific issues to be more easily addressed. The DNA SIG will be facilitated by Deborah Atchley.

    • Sunday, September 15, 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
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    TNGS “Show and Tell”

    To celebrate "Back to School" in September, TNGS is hosting the annual "Show and Tell" program where each participant is asked to bring an object, photo, or document that is important to his or her family’s history or family history research. Be prepared to tell a brief story about it to the audience. Each presentation will be limited to 3 - 5 minutes or so, based on attendance. Be sure to register as soon as possible so that we can get you on the program!  Come and enjoy the family stories even if you do not want to share.  You might get some research tips from someone else's research, or you might even realize that you, too, have some family treasures that you never thought were important. We always have fun sharing with each other! 

     Program facilitator: Carla Love Maitland.

    • Saturday, September 21, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
    • 34
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    Tennessee Ancestry Certificate - Lisa Junkins

    Know you have an ancestor who settled in Tennessee before 1880 but you’re not sure how to prove it? Learn about documenting your ancestry and how to complete the application for Tennessee Genealogical Society’s Tennessee Settler Certificate. The society is gathering settlers for it fourth volume.

    Lisa Junkins had a career as an air traffic controller in Memphis. She raised a blended family of five and now has five grandsons. Lisa Junkins has been Registrar for Chief Piomingo Chapter, NSDAR for the last three years. She has completed DAR’s genealogy training courses: Genealogy Education Programs (GEP) I, II, and III. Lisa has presented numerous genealogy workshops for her chapter.

    • Saturday, September 28, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
    • 35
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    Let's Discuss It !
    Join our popular discussion group, as we examine the latest genealogical websites, software, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  The facilitator will be Joe Burns.

    • Saturday, September 28, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
    • 37
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    FTM Special Interest Group - FTM SIG

    The focus of the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (FTM SIG) is to help members take advantage of the many features and options of the software program.  Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.  Since the older versions of the software no longer synchronize with ancestry.com, we only concentrate on the latest FTM2017 version.  We will try to help with technical concerns, such as upgrading the software and exporting files.  Computers are welcome, and that way we can look at your specific issues. The FTM SIG will be facilitated by PZ Horton.

    • Saturday, October 12, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
    • 35
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    Membership Meeting of the Tennessee Genealogical Society

    Please join us for the Fall Membership Meeting open to members and non-members (Refreshments will be served). We encourage everyone to attend this meeting in order to receive updates on the Society’s 2019 Goals, upcoming events and projects.


    Speaker to be determined


    • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
    • 30
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    How to Research the Courthouse - Kim Richardson

    For beginning genealogists, an intimidating aspect of genealogy research is: How do I research in a courthouse? This presentation will discuss the types of records you're likely to find in a courthouse and how to utilize them. Also included are tips about scouting the courthouse before you go, meeting courthouse staff, using the records, and retrieving copies of the records.

    • Saturday, October 19, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
    • 36
    Register

    Let's Discuss It !
    Join our popular discussion group, as we examine the latest genealogical websites, software, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  The facilitator will be John Ware. 


    • Saturday, October 19, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
    • 36
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    DNA Special Interest Group - DNA SIG

    DNA testing is a tool that can be used, along with the paper trail of genealogical research, to open the door to new relatives, resolution of brick walls and confirmation of years of genealogical research. The goal of this group is to have members share successes and questions to increase the understanding of genetic genealogy within the group. Staying up to date on new tools used to analyze DNA results will also be a goal of this group. You are encouraged to bring your computers to allow specific issues to be more easily addressed. The DNA SIG will be facilitated by Deborah Atchley.

    • Saturday, November 02, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Pickering Center 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN
    • 61
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    Amy Johnson Crow

    Amy Johnson Crow is a Certified Genealogist with more than 20 years of experience helping people discover their family's history. She is an award-winning blogger, active lecturer, and author of the Modern Genealogy Made Easy website.  Her roots run deep in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. She earned her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Kent State University.  Amy loves to help people discover the joys of learning about their ancestors and she thinks that there are few things better than a day in a cemetery.

    Refund Policy: Full refund if request is received on or before October 17, 2019. A refund of the registration fee less $20 will be given for requests received between October 18, 2019, and November 1, 2019. No refunds for requests received the day of the seminar or later.

    Deadline for Registration: Monday October 28, 2019

    Limited Space Available

    Doors open at 8:15 a.m.


    Session Schedule

    8:15 a.m. Registration

    9:00 – 9:10 - Opening Remarks & Introduction

    9:10 – 10:10 - Using Land Records Effectively

    10:10 - 10:30 BREAK

    10:30 - 11:30 - Ten Years is a Long Time: Census Substitutes for the In-between Years

    11:30 - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch

    12:30 – 1:30 - Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records

    1:30 - 1:50 - BREAK

    1:50 - 2:50 - Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Females

    2:50 - 3:15 p.m. Q&A & Wrap-up

    • Thursday, November 07, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
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    Tagging, Organizing, and Saving Heirlooms and Photographs

    Join us as Kim Richardson will be presenting.

    What do you do with all this STUFF? Feeling overwhelmed by the piles of pictures? How will future generations even know what to do with the family heirlooms? This presentation will give you some guidance and practical ideas about how to solve those problems. Organizing and scanning photos, preserving pictures and old documents, and marking heirlooms will all be discussed.
    • Saturday, November 16, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
    • 38
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    FTM Special Interest Group - FTM SIG

    The focus of the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (FTM SIG) is to help members take advantage of the many features and options of the software program.  Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.  Since the older versions of the software no longer synchronize with ancestry.com, we only concentrate on the latest FTM2017 version.  We will try to help with technical concerns, such as upgrading the software and exporting files.  Computers are welcome, and that way we can look at your specific issues. The FTM SIG will be facilitated by PZ Horton.

    • Saturday, December 07, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
    • 36
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    Let's Discuss It !
    Join our popular discussion group, as we examine the latest genealogical websites, software, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topic of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  The facilitator will be Joe Burns. 


    • Saturday, December 07, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tennessee Genealogical Society 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
    • 36
    Register

    DNA Special Interest Group - DNA SIG

    DNA testing is a tool that can be used, along with the paper trail of genealogical research, to open the door to new relatives, resolution of brick walls and confirmation of years of genealogical research. The goal of this group is to have members share successes and questions to increase the understanding of genetic genealogy within the group. Staying up to date on new tools used to analyze DNA results will also be a goal of this group. You are encouraged to bring your computers to allow specific issues to be more easily addressed. The DNA SIG will be facilitated by Deborah Atchley.


    • Saturday, January 18, 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
    • 29
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    Organizing Your Genealogy Records and Genealogical Wills

    Join us as Kim Richardson will be presenting.

    Organizing your files and records may seem overwhelming, but it does not have to be! In this presentation about sorting through all of those files, folders, photos, documents and data that are lying around in boxes and piles, we show you how to do it in a step by step, practical way. By incorporating simple changes in how you file your research, you can re-organize your files without a major overhaul. 

    You've done research and work for years.... but what will happen to it in the future? How can you ensure that your hard work is available for future researchers? How do you store your files? What about your online and electronic family trees and documents? This short presentation will show you exactly how to provide a future for your work. Tips for communicating your wishes along with sample wills are provided


Past events

Saturday, June 15, 2019 State Archives Seminar
Thursday, June 13, 2019 Streetcar Advertising in America - Woody Savage
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Abandoned Memphis Cemeteries - Bill Pichette
Saturday, May 25, 2019 Let's Discuss It (May)
Saturday, May 18, 2019 Using Dropbox for Genealogy - Sherri Onorati
Saturday, May 04, 2019 Family Tree Maker at TNGS
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Let's Discuss It (April)
Saturday, April 20, 2019 McVay Gardens Cemetery Restoration - Andy Pouncey
Saturday, April 13, 2019 Tennessee Genealogical Society - Membership Meeting
Thursday, April 04, 2019 A Conversation with Kenyatta D. Berry!
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Genealogy Writing Workshop - Carla Maitland
Saturday, March 23, 2019 Let's Discuss It (March)
Saturday, March 16, 2019 Spring Seminar - Debbie Duay
Monday, March 11, 2019 Pink Palace Museum - Field Trip
Thursday, March 07, 2019 Cheap Genealogy: Research and Education for the Frugal at Heart - Kim Richardson
Saturday, March 02, 2019 Women's History Month - Jocelyn Dan Wurzburg
Saturday, February 23, 2019 Let's Discuss It (February)
Sunday, February 10, 2019 The Meaning of Names - Tina Sansone
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Genealogy 101 - Sessions 1-9
Saturday, January 26, 2019 Let's Discuss It (January)
Thursday, January 24, 2019 Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society (Jan)
Saturday, January 12, 2019 TNGS Membership Meeting
Thursday, December 13, 2018 Basics of Genealogy - Kim Richardson
Saturday, December 08, 2018 Let's Discuss It (December)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Why I Love City Directories - Nancy Walczyk
Thursday, November 08, 2018 Facebook Groups for Genealogy - Debbie Atchley
Saturday, November 03, 2018 Fall DNA Seminar - Dr. Blaine Bettinger
Saturday, October 27, 2018 Genealogy and the Grim Reaper - Joe Burns & John Ware
Saturday, October 13, 2018 Membership Meeting of the Tennessee Genealogical Society
Sunday, October 07, 2018 Let’s “Show and Tell” Again! - Carla Maitland
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Using DNA to find Birth Family - Tina Sansone
Saturday, September 22, 2018 Let's Discuss It (September)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Looking for a Tennesse Ancestor? The TNGS Research Request Process - Nancy Walczyk
Saturday, September 15, 2018 Kentucky State Research - Debbie Atchley
Saturday, August 25, 2018 FamilyTree DNA Group Projects - Deborah Parks
Thursday, August 23, 2018 Census Records - Kim Richardson
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Spy Sisters with Donald Harrison
Saturday, August 04, 2018 Ancestry Card Catalog - Joe Burns
Saturday, July 28, 2018 DNA Part 2 - I have my DNA results, now what can I do with them?) - Debbie Atchley
Saturday, July 21, 2018 Genealogy Blogs and Blogging
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 State Research - Arkansas
Saturday, July 14, 2018 Membership Meeting of the Tennessee Genealogical Society
Saturday, June 30, 2018 So You Think Everything is on the Internet? Therese Fisher
Saturday, June 23, 2018 Let's Discuss It (June)
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Why I Love City Directories - Nancy Walczyk
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Murder, Mystery & Scandal - Donald Harrison
Thursday, May 24, 2018 Case Studies - Kim Richardson
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Let's Discuss It (May)
Sunday, May 06, 2018 Let Me Share My Family’s History!
Thursday, May 03, 2018 DNA Part 1 - Which test do I need to order? - Debbie Atchley
Saturday, April 28, 2018 Let's Discuss It (April)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Using Dropbox for Genealogy - Sherri Onorati
Saturday, April 14, 2018 Membership Meeting of the Tennessee Genealogical Society
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Robert E. Lee's Orderly - Al Arnold
Saturday, April 07, 2018 Spring Seminar - Lisa Louise Cooke
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Searching Native Roots - Jason Terrell
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Women's Suffage in Tennessee - Paula Casey
Saturday, March 17, 2018 Let's Discuss It (March)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 March Seminar - Newspaper Research
Saturday, February 24, 2018 Let's Discuss It (February)
Saturday, February 10, 2018 February Seminar - Dr. Beverly G. Bond
Saturday, January 27, 2018 Let's Discuss It (January)
Saturday, January 06, 2018 Organizing Your Family Genealogy
Saturday, December 09, 2017 Let's Discuss It
Saturday, November 18, 2017 Researching WWI Veterans : A Soldier's Story